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Prime Minister Tours Riot-Racked State

April 04, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee began a tour of the riot-racked western state of Gujarat today, hours after fresh religious violence erupted.

Vajpayee inspected the ruins of a train in Godhra whose torching by a Muslim mob Feb. 27 triggered sectarian rioting. Fifty-eight people were burned alive in the train, which was carrying Hindu nationalists.

Vajpayee's arrival came after 10 people died Wednesday in Gujarat, including a family of five Muslims who were burned to death by a Hindu mob on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, the commercial capital.

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